Before applying for a school place

Making decisions about your child’s education will be one of the most important things that you do.

To help you make that decision you need to know that:

  • you can choose Welsh-medium, English-medium or a faith-based education
  • you do not need to be fluent in Welsh or even a Welsh speaker for your child to attend a Welsh–medium school
  • parents can express a preference for any school they want their child to attend and the council will try to meet that preference where places are available
  • each Newport address has both an English and a Welsh-medium catchment school
  • children living in that catchment area will be given priority for admission upon making an application, although this does not guarantee a place
  • as there is no guarantee of a school place in any particular school you should not assume that your child will be allocated a place at the school of your choice, even if it is the catchment school or you live quite close to it
  • children whose parents have expressed a preference for a school will be given priority over children whose parents have not
  • in the case of your catchment school, an applicant living outside of your catchment area who expresses a preference for it will receive a higher priority than you if you do not express a preference for it
  • you should consider choosing at least three different schools to increase your chance of getting a school place that you are happy with as there are some areas of Newport where demand for school places is particularly high
  • where we receive more applications than there are places available, some applications will be refused
  • if you decide not to list your catchment school as one of your preferences but are unsuccessful with all of your choices, your child will only be considered for an alternative place at the catchment school if places are available
  • you can ask to be allocated an alternative place at your nearest available school if your choices are unsuccessful
  • you will need to think about how your child will travel to school as they will not necessarily be eligible for assistance.
  • there is a deadline for making your application and if you miss this deadline you will be less likely to gain at place at the school of your choice

Brothers and sisters

Does your child have a younger brother or sister?

A successful application for one child does not guarantee admission for other members of your family.

You should therefore consider any future applications you may need to make and the potential impact if they are unsuccessful, particularly if you are applying to a school outside your catchment area.

TRA97310 07/02/2019